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DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing – 12 November 2020

Venue: Exeter Racecourse. Online booking coming soon.


DAPH & DASH Virtual Summer Briefing – 6 May 2020

The theme for this event was ‘Mentally Healthy Schools – Looking After Yourself, Staff, Children and Families’ and included the following guest speakers:

  • Phil Norrey – Chief Executive, DCC
  • Stephen Howe, Head of Cornwall, Devon and Plymouth & Torbay – Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner, South West
  • Dawn Stabb – Head of Education & Learning, DCC
  • Claire Thomson – Head of Specialist Services & Safeguarding, Babcock LDP
  • Sarah Lewis – Senior CAMHS Manager, Children & Family Health Devon
  • Rachel Humphries – Public Health Specialist, DCC
  • ASCL – Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy
  • NAHT – Paul Gosling, Devon Branch Secretary
  • Jaz Ampaw-Farr – Inspirational Speaker and Literacy Advisor

View / download the presentation slides from this event

With thanks to Jonathan Bishop and his team at Cornerstone Academy Trust for their help and contribution in facilitating this event.


DAPH & DASH Spring Briefing  |  11 February 2020 at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton EX16 4DB

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Lucy Gordon – Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner South West

Martin Smith – Director, Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance

Gary Sanders – Independent Safeguarding & Reviewing Officer, DCC
Georgina Adams – Principal Independent Safeguarding & Reviewing Officer, DCC

Inspector Rob Curtis – Devon and Cornwall Police

Anne Bell – Subject Specialist, PSHE Association

  • Supporting document circulated to delegates via email

Jon Eaton – English Teacher and Evidence Lead of Education, Kingsbridge Research School

Karl Sampson HMI, Assistant Regional Director, Ofsted


DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing  |  Tuesday 12 November 2019 at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

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Presentations and other resources are available to view / download via the links below:-

Corinne Foy – Managing Partner, Children and Young People’s Community Health Services

Dr Rachel Hayes – Senior Research Fellow, Exeter University

Ian Hemelik – Virtual School Headteacher, Devon County Council

Dawn Stabb – Head of Education & Learning, Devon County Council

Ed Pawson – Adviser to Devon and Torbay SACRE

Russell Holland – Barrister, Michelmores LLP


DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing  |  Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton EX16 4DB

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Presentations and other resources are available to view / download via the links below:

Stephen Lee – Ofsted Senior HMI

Norma Johnston, School Engagement Consultant & Matthew Dobie, Procurement Lead – Schools’ Buying Hub South West

Lewis Gibbs – Head of Devon Music Education Hub, Babcock International Group

Jo Olsson – Chief Officer for Children’s Services, DCC

Daniel Sobel – Founder and Lead Consultant of Inclusion Expert


DAPH Spring Briefing 2019  |  Thursday 7 February 2019 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter EX2 7NN

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Presentations and other resources are available to view / download via the links below:

Dawn Stabb – Head of Education and Learning, Devon County Council

View the  P R E S E N T A T I O N  for updates on:

  • Devon Inclusion Project
  • Boxall Profile: F R E E training now available (further details to follow)
  • Devon’s joint local area SEND Inspection and Outcome Letter plus the DCFP’S Press Release (5 February)
  • EH4MH
  • Progress for Devon Pupils
  • DfE information for local government and schools in preparation for Brexit and the possibility of a no deal situation.

Ofsted’s Curriculum Thinking

A facilitated session with Judith Johnson, Managing Director, JJ Education Services

The curriculum implications of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework – how prepared is your school?

A group discussion session which included guidance on the 3 ‘I’s framework; curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

View the P R E S E N T A T I O N and Q U E S T I O N S: ‘a curriculum conversation’ (downloadable word document with embedded links to Ofsted’s research findings – December 2018 – and full presentation slides).

Scomis – Craig Allen, Education and Product Specialist

Using SIMS to track pupil attainment and progress

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A guided session showing how to take the pain (and cost) out of Key Stage Analysis straight out of SIMS plus details of the forthcoming Scomis Live’19 event (14 March at Exeter Racecourse) and details of F R E E ‘Assessment Tracking in SIMS’ Webinars (14 February).

Contact Scomis: 01392 385300 | scomis@devon.gov.uk


DAPH Autumn Briefing 2018  |  Wednesday 21 November at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

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Presentations are available to view/download via the links below:

Mark Lindfield – Ofsted SHMI

Lucy Gordon – Deputy Director for the Regional Schools Commissioner SW

Dawn Stabb – Head of Education & Learning, DCC

Cllr James McInnes – Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools & Chair of f40 Group

Roger Pope CBE – Chief Executive Officer, Education South West

Iain Grafton MBE – National Leader of Governance

Russell Holland – Barrister, Michelmores


What are DAPH Briefings?

All serving headteachers of Devon primary schools are members of DAPH and are strongly encouraged to attend the Briefing sessions which are recognised as the forum for the communication of key messages on issues affecting schools. The Briefings, which are held each term, are free of charge to members (one free place per school site).

There is a regular update from the Head of Education & Learning plus other invited guests and the opportunity for headteachers to ask questions and provide feedback as well as discuss and share views on matters affecting school leadership.

Booking terms – one free place per Devon primary school and subject to availability. DAPH reserves the right to make a notional charge for late cancellations, no-shows and additional places and bookings from attendees from other phase associations and/or from schools outside of Devon Local Authority. A list of delegates (name, role and organisation) may be advertised on the DAPH website and circulated via email prior to the event. See online booking form for further details.


A R C H I V E  |  visit  T H I S  P A G E   to see information and presentations from previous DAPH Briefings.